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Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds
Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds (October 2020)
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger - Author

Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.

In Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes the agency of materiality—the ability of materials to have an effect on both humans and deities—beyond human intentions. Using materials from three regions where Flueckiger conducted ex...(Read More)
 
 
The Other Rāma
The Other Rāma (October 2020)
Matricide and Genocide in the Mythology of Paraśurāma
Brian Collins - Author

A systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśurāma (“Rāma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu with a much darker reputation.

The Other Rāma presents a systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśurāma (“Rāma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu best known for decapitating his own mother and annihilating twenty-one generations of the Kṣatriya warrior...(Read More)
 
 
Living Landscapes
Living Landscapes (April 2020)
Meditations on the Five Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas
Christopher Key Chapple - Author

Explores the role of meditation on the five elements in the practice of Yoga.

In Living Landscapes, Christopher Key Chapple looks at the world of ritual as enacted in three faiths of India. He begins with an exploration of the relationship between the body and the world as found in the cosmological cartography of Sāṃkhya philosophy, which highlights the interplay between con...(Read More)
 
 
The Great Agrarian Conquest
The Great Agrarian Conquest (September 2019)
The Colonial Reshaping of a Rural World
Neeladri Bhattacharya - Author

Groundbreaking analysis of how colonialism created new conceptual categories and spatial forms that reshaped rural societies.

This book examines how, over colonial times, the diverse practices and customs of an existing rural universe—with its many forms of livelihood—were reshaped to create a new agrarian world of settled farming. While focusing on Punjab, India, this pathbreakin...(Read More)
 
 
Fiction as History
Fiction as History (August 2019)
The Novel and the City in Modern North India
Vasudha Dalmia - Author

Explains the Hindi novel’s role in anticipating and creating the story of middle-class modernity and modernization in North India.

Vasudha Dalmia offers a panoramic view of the intellectual and cultural life of North India over a century, from the aftermath of the 1857 uprising to the end of the Nehruvian era. The North’s historical cities, rooted in an Indo-Persianate culture, began changing more slowly than the Pre...(Read More)
 
 
Himalayan Histories
Himalayan Histories (February 2019)
Economy, Polity, Religious Traditions
Chetan Singh - Author

A rare look at the history of Himalayan peasant society and the relationship between culture and environment in the Himalayas.

Himalayan Histories, by one of India’s most reputed historians of the Himalaya, is essential for a more complete understanding of Indian history. Because Indian historians have mainly studied riverine belts and life in the plains, sophisticated mountain histories are relatively rare. In thi...(Read More)
 
 
Essays of a Lifetime
Essays of a Lifetime (January 2019)
Reformers, Nationalists, Subalterns
Sumit Sarkar - Author

A distillation of the historian’s finest writings on modern Indian historical themes.

For the past forty years or more, the most influential, respected, and popular scholar of modern Indian history has been Sumit Sarkar. When his first monograph, The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903–1908, appeared in 1973 it soon became obvious that the book represented a paradigm shift within its genre. As Dipesh Chakrabarty put i...(Read More)
 
 
Religious Journeys in India
Religious Journeys in India (September 2018)
Pilgrims, Tourists, and Travelers
Andrea Marion Pinkney - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

In an increasingly global world where convenient modes of travel have opened the door to international and intraregional tourism and brought together people from different religious and ethnic communities, religious journeying in India has become the site of evolving and often parad...(Read More)
 
 
Sons of Sarasvati
Sons of Sarasvati (September 2018)
Late Exemplars of the Indian Intellectual Tradition
Chinya V. Ravishankar - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

Presents rare biographies of traditional Indian scholars during the nineteenth century, a critical moment of transition for the Indian intellectual tradition.

Traditional Indian pāṇḍitya (scholarship) has a long and distinguished history but is now practically extinct. Its decline is remarkably recent—traditional pāṇḍitya flourished as recently as 150 years ago. The decline is...(Read More)
 
 
The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays
The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays (September 2018)
B. D. Chattopadhyaya - Author

This exploration of key terms related to social and political order, found in early Indian texts, challenges the idea of a unified ancient India and a unified national identity at that time.

This collection explores what may be called the idea of India in ancient times. Its undeclared objective is to identify key concepts which show early Indian civilization as distinct and differently oriented from other formations.

The...(Read More)
 
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